NLS Bus Drivers Provide Safe Transportation
Do you remember your favorite school bus driver from your childhood? Maybe you remember their smile every time they opened the door for you to get on the bus, or the fact that they always greeted you with an energetic, “Good Morning!” Our NLS bus drivers are those we entrust to get our students to and from school safely each day; but, they are so much more than that! This week, the Ranger Roundup took some time to catch up with four of our NLS bus drivers.
Beth Hanthorn has worked for NLS for two years, Julianna Reutz has worked for NLS for four years, Pat Hanthorn has been with NLS for eight years, and Jami Murray has been part of our transportation department for over 13 years! When asked about daily responsibilities as a bus driver for NLS, Jami explained that she comes in at 6 a.m. to start her bus, complete her walk-through, do her pre-trip, and start the other buses if those have not been started yet. Additionally, it is part of her responsibility to make sure that her bus is in safe running condition, has plenty of fuel, and is warm for the students. She added, “I am responsible for the safety of each child that gets on my bus. I consider them ‘my’ kids. It is a responsibility that I take very seriously.”
Pat explained that the upkeep of the buses is also very important. She added that at least three times a week, she wipes down seats and cleans windows for visibility and safety. Other items include driving special needs students to Lake Schools daily, preparing “Student Conduct Reports” when necessary for student behavior, driving students and coaches on field trips to other school districts for various activities, keeping records on field trips for payroll, keeping accurate work time daily via time card, and securing buses in the garage nightly. One of the most important aspects of the job according to Pat is to “Be a team player every day.”
When asked about stressful aspects of the job, Julianna explained that she is responsible for traveling on I-75 daily, and that distracted drivers, or those who swerve into lanes at high speeds, can be very nerve wracking. Beth added that the elementary afternoon pick-up line is always a bit stressful, while Jami added that trying to keep disruptive students safe while on the ride home, is one of the biggest stressors. Pat added that it can be very challenging having so many different personalities on one bus, but that the bus drivers strive to remain professional at all times.
However, all of the bus drivers agree that the connections made with students make all the stress worth it! Pat explained that it is wonderful when she can make a student smile, especially when they seem to be having a bad day. Jami added that she cherishes the bond with her kids and that the hugs can make each day so much better! Julianna agreed that it is incredibly rewarding to see kids grow and mature and to witness their accomplishments, whether they be academic, sports related, or simply learning to be kind, concerned, and considerate human beings. She added, “We celebrate our uniqueness, grades, missing teeth, other accomplishments, and birthdays on Bus #5!”
Finally, when asked about the best part of working for Northwood Local Schools, Pat explained that it is the relationships made with those in our district, from students to parents, to teachers and other staff personnel. Jami added, “We are like a family…dysfunctional at times, but, still a family!” Beth added that she has the very best boss and co-workers, while Julianna agreed that the students and staff are surely the best part of NLS!
Clearly, our bus drivers are so much more than drivers of buses. Our NLS bus drivers strive everyday to make sure our students are transported safely, and are an integral part of the Northwood Local Schools Community. On behalf of Northwood Local Schools, the Ranger Roundup would like to thank our bus drivers for all they do each and every day!
Probability and Statistics Students Study Population Trends
Mrs. Elinski’s Probability and Statistics students just completed projects on a country of their choice. This project involved researching many different types of population statistics associated with their country. For example, students researched recent population trends, age distribution, religious statistics, crime rates, and so on. Once the data was collected, student put together presentations to share with the class.
Mrs. Elinski explained that the purpose of this project was for students to see how relative and commons statistics are in their everyday lives. She stated, “It is important for students to be able to read statistical data and have a good understanding of what it is telling them. There are a lot of skewed statistics on the internet, so spending time researching these statistics on their own, students can gain a better understanding of reliable sources and gathering information that makes the most sense for their project.”
This project gave students the opportunity to take a break from the typical statistics “number crunching” in order to see how these numbers are used in the real world. Mrs. Elinski concluded, “They enjoyed researching a country that they picked and wanted to learn more about; it is good for them to see how different countries compare to the United States in these specific areas such as religion and crime.”
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